Las Grietas Snorkeling

Refresh in the Crystalline Waters

Hike past Playa Aleman, through a forest of enormous opuntia cacti and over rugged lava rock formations to one of the most unique swimming holes in the Galapagos islands.

Relaxing on Playa Alemanes, Santa Cruz.
Relaxing on Playa Alemanes, Santa Cruz.

Las Grietas, which translates literally to mean “the cracks,” is a series of volcanic crevices that were formed during the cooling of molten lava. The porous lava stone of the island allows water to filter down from the highlands into Las Grietas where it mixes with sea water filtering in from the ocean.

The inviting water of Las Grietas local swimming hole.
The inviting water of Las Grietas local swimming hole.

The resulting azure waters are crystaline and refreshing. Las Grietas is a popular swimming destination for locals and visitors alike.

Galapagos neighborhood watch.
Galapagos neighborhood watch.

Float blissfully in the cool water at your own rhythym. A Naturalist Guide is not required to visit as the trail has been improved, but traveling alone is not recommended, as the jagged lava rocks en route can be tricky.

Aerial view of Las Grietas looking toward Cerro Crocker.
Aerial view of Las Grietas looking toward Cerro Crocker.
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